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By Staff | Sep 8, 2017

Specialized Veterinary Services to remain open through Hurricane Irma

Specialized Veterinary Services will remain open throughout the entire weekend as Hurricane Irma storms across Southwest Florida. The team of doctors, nurses, techs and support staff will be on hand to take care of the patients that need medical attention.

As SVS moves into its new facility while preparing the old hospital for reconstruction, the building has been equipped with a powerful generator to keep the electricity flowing. The team is prepared to care for emergency pet situations or those that will need medical care throughout.

Specialized Veterinary Services is a 24-hour emergency hospital as well as a specialty veterinary hospital. SVS focuses on surgery, internal medicine, neurology, critical care, interventional radiology, and certified canine rehabilitation. The entire team at SVS provides individualized attention and compassionate care to all patients and clients. Specialized Veterinary Services is conveniently located near I-75 and Daniels Parkway at 9500 Marketplace Road, Fort Myers, FL, 33912. The phone number is 239-947-0588.

Hodges University to hold Business Information and Career Expo Oct. 16

Hodges University’s Career Services is hosting a Business Information and Career Expo Monday, Oct.16, starting at 5 p.m..

Community and career information will be available from local government, schools, hospitals and corporations.

This event is open to the public. Please dress professionally and bring your resume. Potential job opportunities include management, accounting, business administration, finance, marketing, professional sales, public administration and more.

For more information, contact Jama Thurman, Career Services Manager, at jthurman@hodges.edu or 239-938-7815.

Register online at www.collegecentral.com/CCNEngine/LiveEvents/LiveEvents.cfm?EventID=2955

Hodges University is at 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33966

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida receives national award for Innovation in Care

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida was recently honored by BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers with an Innovations in Care Award at the 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO in San Diego. Part of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities initiative, this $200,000 award acknowledges community health centers for innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations.

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida was recognized for its efforts to use virtual technology to provide real-time, pharmacist-to-patient education and support to high-risk, underserved patients.

For more information about the 2017 Innovations in Care Award winners, including project information and photos, visit www.directrelief.org/2016/08/innovations-care-awards-winners-announced/

Lee County Tax Collector receives financial excellence awards

The Lee County Tax Collector’s Office was recognized by the Florida Tax Collector’s Inc. during the fall education forum for financial excellence evidenced by an Annual Audit with Clear Findings for the seventh consecutive year. The Legacy Award for Continued Excellence was also presented for demonstrating proficiency in the areas of innovation and automation, customer focus or budgeting, marking the sixth year Lee County has earned this recognition.

The Legacy Award is the highest achievement awarded to a local tax collector and earned by Larry Hart and his financial team each fiscal year since 2011. Improved processes within the accounting department have resulted in a financial savings for the organization and greater efficiency.

“We have a great financial team who look for innovative ways to improve processes and keep operating costs conservative”, said Larry Hart. “Accountability to our community and taxpayers is highly valued.”

The tax collector responsibilities are always in focus through its mission: To serve the needs of the community by effectively generating, collecting, and distributing revenue.

Verwest named America’s Best Dentist for 2017

The National Consumer Advisory Board has named Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD, one of America’s Best Dentist for 2017. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentists experience, training, continuing education, and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

Verwest is a board certified Diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials and pediatric anesthesia. He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Ft. Myers, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for the last 26 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment.

For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or 239-482-2722.

Norman Love Confections welcomes Baduel as pastry chef

Norman Love Confections recently announce the hiring of chef Thomas Baduel in the role of pastry chef for the company. Baduel brings more than 16 years of experience in the pastry industry, with a background in management and menu development.

As pastry chef at Norman Love Confections, Baduel is responsible for producing assorted European cakes and individual gourmet pastries each day, developing and implementing training programs for new staff members and is involved in all stages of the creation of new products from development to retail.

Originally from France, Baduel began his career at the famed French National Culinary School in Souillac, focusing on the craft of pastry-making and plated dessert specialization. Fluent in French, English and Spanish, Baduel has worked for a variety of restaurants and pastry shops in France, Spain and the U.S. Before choosing to further his education at the French Pastry School of Chicago, Baduel worked as a pastry chef for the Crowne Plaza in Toulouse, France and Bubo, a pastry shop in Barcelona, Spain.

Prior to joining Norman Love Confections, he served as executive pastry chef at Nobu, a highly recognized Japanese restaurant in Miami, where he was responsible for creating seasonal menus, hiring, training and providing mentorship to pastry chefs, while overseeing the training of destination restaurants and consulting for Nobu Bahamas, Dallas and Las Vegas.

For more information about Normal Love Confections, visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Private Client Insurance Services’ Hawkins joins International Women’s Forum

Recognized for her leadership both professionally and personally throughout the Southwest Florida community, Elaine Hawkins, president and CEO of Private Client Insurance Services, has been invited to join the International Women’s Forum. As an invitation-only membership organization for female leaders around the world, Hawkins joins an exclusive group of women with the fundamental mission of preparing, uniting and inspiring women leaders across careers, cultures and continents.

Founded in 1974, the IWF membership has grown to more than 6,500 women across 33 nations and six continents. IWF members are women of diverse achievement dedicated to exchanging ideas, learning, inspiring and building better leadership worldwide. This vision is developed by uniting the world’s most preeminent women through global conferences, training and mentoring programs and networks of global forums.

Shortly after she beginning her insurance career in 1975 with Liberty Mutual, Hawkins moved to Fort Myers to work with the Mariner Group Inc. As a result of her industry experience and leadership ability, Hawkins formed Specialty Risk Management Services in 1999 and Private Client Insurance Services in 2002 to provide unique property insurance alternatives for third parties, commercial programs, and risk management services for high net worth individuals.

Private Client Insurance Services is a full-service independent agency established in 2002. All of Private Client Insurance Services’ insurance professionals have extensive experience, credentials and continuous training to provide full-service risk management programs for individuals and businesses.

Private Client Insurance is at 9736 Commerce Center Court in Fort Myers. For more, visit www.privateclientinsuranceservices.com or call 239-481-1949.

Smith named partner at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz

Andrea Pleimling Smith has been named as a partner at the law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. Smith has worked at the firm since September of 2015 where she concentrates her practice on Personal Injury Litigation and Insurance Disputes.

Born and raised in Madison, Wis., Smith received her undergraduate degree from Edgewood College and graduated from Marquette University Law School, where she was a Merit Scholar. In law school, she served as the president of the Business Law Society, and interned at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.

Smith was admitted to practice in all state courts in Wisconsin and Florida in 2010, as well as the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Prior to joining the local firm, she practiced in the Fort Myers area and gained litigation experience in a variety of areas.

Her husband, Christopher J. Smith, is also a partner with the firm.

Comcast opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots across state

To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Florida, Comcast is opening its more than 137,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the state to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.

Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Xfinity Internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future.

Non-Xfinity Internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through Sept. 15.

“We know it’s critically important for everyone to have a means of communication at their disposal before, during and after a storm with the potential impact of Hurricane Irma,” said Amy Smith, senior vice president for Comcast’s Florida Region in a prepared statement. “By activating our WiFi hotspot network across the state now before the storm, we increase the chance that more people can stay connected. It’s something we’re proud to do for our communities and our state at a time when we all need to support each other.”

For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visitXfinity.com/wifi.

Comcast is also making extensive preparations at its facilities throughout Florida, including staging emergency generators and fuel trucks as well as bringing in additional technical and network restoration teams that are ready to be deployed as the storm’s path becomes clearer.

Comcast’s goal is to work to restore any services impacted for customers as quickly as possible and as soon as it is safe for its employees to do so. Customers should remember that emergency management procedures in Florida dictate that power must be restored first and Comcast must receive clearance that it is safe for its crews to begin any restoration work.